How to clean your phone and other devices

Last updated: 2024-01-25.

How to clean your phone and other devices

Cleaning your phone and other electronic devices is essential to maintain hygiene and ensure optimal functioning. Here's a step-by-step guide to cleaning these gadgets safely:

  • Power Down: Turn off the device to prevent any accidental inputs while cleaning.
  • Remove Any Cases or Accessories: This helps you clean all surfaces thoroughly.
  • Use Appropriate Cleaning Materials: A microfiber cloth is usually the best choice, as it won't scratch the screen. A mild solution of water and isopropyl alcohol (70% or less) can be used, but avoid using household cleaners, as they can damage the screen.
  • Clean the Screen and Body: Dampen the cloth with the solution (not soaking wet) and gently wipe the screen and body. For stubborn spots, you can apply a little pressure, but avoid pressing too hard, especially on the screen.
  • Dry the Device: Wipe it down with a dry microfiber cloth or try Fix My Speakers web app to eject water from your speak after getting it wet.
  • Use a drying agent: Uncooked rice can be used to help draw out moisture. Put your phone in a sealed bag with the drying agent and leave it for at least 24 hours.
  • Avoid Direct Liquid Contact: Never spray or pour liquids directly onto the device, as they may seep into openings and cause damage.

Power up and test: Once your phone is completely dry, you can turn it on and check the functionality of your speakers. Play some audio to test them. If the sound is distorted or you can't hear anything at all, it may be necessary to seek professional help.

Always try to keep your phone away from water, and consider investing in a waterproof case if you often find yourself in wet environments.